Personal Reflection · Writing

A Much Needed Note To Self

Keep going.

Even when the going gets tough.

You’ve come too far.

Keep going.

Even when you’re ready to give up.

You worked so hard.

Keep going.

Even when the end is unclear.

You’re almost there.

Keep going.


5 Common Mistakes Writers Make

I am using the term “writers” generally. Like I always do. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to you.

  1. They make excuses. Stop complaining. Start doing.
  2. They sit still. Words don’t write themselves.
  3. They play it safe. Risk everything and then risk some more.
  4. They hope for miracles. I don’t believe in them.
  5. They give up. Enough said.
Personal Reflection

When I Want To Give Up

When I want to give up, I think about all the people I need to prove wrong. All the people who know nothing about me aside from my name. And even then some individuals mispronounce or misspell it. But I persist and I persevere because my ego is too large to let haters get the last laugh.

Don’t give up. Rise above. Always get the last word. Be the last one standing.


A Misunderstanding About The Writing Industry

Contrary to what I’ve witnessed, this industry is not for quitters.

You must work to succeed in the writing world. More importantly, you need to love the work. The more you love writing, the more you will write. The more you love writing, the less likely you are to give up. Understood?

If there is one thing you can learn from reading my blog, I hope it is this:

Finish what you start.

End what you begin.

Conclude what you commence. 

Remember the worst thing you write is still better than the best thing you didn’t write. Which really means you do not have an excuse to be a quitter.

Blogging · Writing

The End Of This Blog?

Fellow bloggers,

I was thinking about this blog. More specifically, I was thinking about ending this blog. I’m ready to give up on blogging. I’m ready to quit writing. Now’s the time to part from both. Besides, my life is hugely occupied by this blog. If I closed my WordPress account, I would have more time to do other things. After all, I am a student. Everyone says being a student is my first priority. Everything else is secondary. Without blogging in the way, I can focus more on my grades. I can concentrate on my future. Oh, who am I fooling? There is no way I could stop writing or quit blogging. I love this blog like it’s my baby. Happy April Fool’s Day! I hope I didn’t manage to fool you. I know I didn’t fool myself. Especially since giving up and quitting is so unlike me. Anyhow, I’m not trying to be a cruel person by taking advantage of April Fool’s Day. Because…it isn’t just April Fool’s Day! Yep, April 1st, 2013 was the day I created this blog. Although my first post was published on April 2nd, 2013, I still feel like I should celebrate today. It is, in a way, my one year blogging anniversary. So I plan to do something special.

I know I don’t say this enough but hear me out. I think you know I don’t take any of this for granted. Especially since I couldn’t have ran a blog all by myself. Thanks to every single one of you for making my blogging journey so incredibly amazing/enjoyable/every wonderful adjective known to mankind. I appreciate all your support and I am truly grateful for everything.

Lots of love,

Herminia (who shall really be referred to as aspiringwriter22)



Day 21—NaNoWriMo: Are you losing motivation?

21 days in, 9 more to go. You’re more than two-thirds of the way there. But you might find yourself losing the motivation to be in your chair day after day, pounding away at the keyboard.


Are you losing motivation?

If you had high hopes for your NaNoWriMo novel and things don’t seem to be working out the way you expected, the option of quitting may be an attractive decision. Giving up now would mean more time to focus on work, school, friends, etc. But real writers would stick with it until completion, regardless of the quality produced.

When I’m not writing enough words under a specific span of time or if the quality does not match my expectations, my mind tells me to desert the project but my heart tells me to persevere. Why? Because I love writing. I love blogging. And the word count, the merit, the views, the likes, the secondary stuff is unimportant.

Persist. You’ll never know what the outcome may be unless you do.